Sustainable Timber Tasmania will instigate their annual program of planned burns likely to commence mid March. Planned burns are conducted to regenerate forests after harvesting and to contribute to the statewide fire management effort through fuel reduction burns.
Around 170 regeneration burns are planned for this year in coupes across the Permanent Timber Production Zone ranging in size from a couple of hectares up to approximately 100 hectares. In addition, Sustainable Timber Tasmania will be involved with fuel reduction burns across the state as part of the coordinated fuel reduction program.
Regeneration burning is undertaken in Autumn – starting in March and extending to May in some areas. Autumn is the best time to undertake this work because it is the safest time of year to burn; the fuels are dry which creates less smoke than damp fuels; the extreme conditions of summer have passed reducing the chance of the fire escaping boundaries; it is an ideal time for germination of eucalypt seedlings given warm temperatures and the onset of regular rainfall.
Fuel reduction burning is undertaken in Autumn and Spring and, like regeneration burning, is conducted when fuel and weather conditions are suitable.
The aim is to minimise impact on neighbours and local communities. Every burn is carefully planned for safety, smoke dispersal, protection of assets, infrastructure, special values, and threatened and endangered species. These factors are documented in a burn plan that is reviewed, audited and approved along with a risk assessment.
They burn only when weather conditions are suitable for managing and containing the fire to the boundaries we have prepared and allow for favourable smoke dispersal as specified in each plan.
On poor smoke dispersal days, burning is postponed until suitable conditions prevail.
Our burns are also coordinated with other agencies and forestry businesses to control smoke levels within the Environment Protection Authority’s standards for each airshed area.
On-site preparation is undertaken where needed, for example fire breaks may be established to create a fuel free buffer on a dry boundary or near a special value or asset, and tracks are constructed to provide access for any suppression activities that may be required.
Notification of and engagement with immediate neighbours and other directly stakeholders at the planning stage.
Publication of the planned burn program on the “What’s Burning Now” page at www.fire.tas.gov.au
Through agreed protocols with tourism and wine industries.
Public notices in newspapers.
Notification of immediate neighbours and other stakeholders who have registered with us, of our intention to burn on the planned day.
Twice daily media reports during the burning season.
Daily information uploads to the “What’s Burning Now” page at www.fire.tas.gov.au